Archive for May, 2010

A FRONTAL BOUNDARY BRINGS UNSETTLED WEATHER TO HAMPTON ROADS THROUGH MID-WEEK… TEMPERATURES SHOULD REMAIN ON THE COOL SIDE

For the second night in a row, thunderstorms moved through the region. Last night’s storms dropped 0.40 inches of rain in my backyard. Friday’s storms missed my neighborhood for the most part. Weak waves of low pressure are riding along the front which currently (Sunday morning) lies just south of our region. After a fairly decent Sunday, moisture is expected to increase Sunday night from SW to NE. This should cause rain or showers to overspread the region on Monday, and this wet weather may linger into Tuesday. It’s really a very difficult forecast to pinpoint the timing of the rainfall and also who will receive the most rainfall. Temperatures should be on the cool side through mid-week.

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DESPITE A COLD FRONT IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO HAMPTON ROADS, SATURDAY SHOULD TURN OUT TO BE FAIRLY NICE… SUNDAY SHOULDN’T BE BAD EITHER, BUT RAIN CHANCES INCREASE EARLY NEXT WEEK

Scattered showers and storms moved through Eastern VA last night but they just grazed my neighborhood. Areas to my north and west did receive some rainfall. Earlier in the week, we finally did receive significant rainfall and I picked up 1.20 inches of much needed rain in my backyard. As the headline states, Saturday looks to be a nice day with temperatures probably peaking around 80 in Southside Hampton Roads. Humidity levels will be moderate to high the further southeast you are. The cold front will stall just south of our region on Sunday and then it will slowly work back northward early next week. Although there will be a chance of a shower on Sunday and Monday, forecasters don’t think that the chance will be that great. However, beginning Monday night, the rain chances should increase and Tuesday we should see our best chances of rain. The increased rain chances will be the result of a disturbance moving eastward out of the Mississippi River Valley. I read on one NOAA site that rainfall could be quite substantial on Tuesday here in the Southern Mid-Atlantic states. So, enjoy the weekend as the weather should be nice enough for most outdoor activities. I’ll have an update on Sunday morning.

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THE WEEK STARTS OFF COOL AND DRY… TEMPERATURES MODERATE TOWARDS MID-WEEK… PRECIPITATION CHANCES REMAIN LOW FOR HAMPTON ROADS

The chilly air mass that moved into the region late Saturday will stick around through Tuesday. Dew points are very low for this time of year making it feel quite comfortable during the afternoons. These conditions are ideal for a brisk walk or doing some yard work, even during the warmest part of the day. A warm front will be approaching late on Tuesday which could (and I repeat could) cause a shower in spots, especially in our most northern areas. Forecasters mentioned that systems such as these at this time of year rarely bring significant rainfall to Hampton Roads. As I stated in yesterday’s post, the storm track over the next week or so will be well to our north leaving us on the tail end of any precipitation chances. Another frontal system may bring us a shower or two on the weekend, but at this point, the chance of rain is very low.  Right now, I am not sure when we will see our next decent chance of significant rain. If you planted any new shrubery, grass, or trees, I would water them thoroughly since the soil is getting quite dry. Normally, as the spring progresses, humidity levels on average will increase and combined with the right conditions or a “trigger”, we will begin to see showers or thunderstorms pop up every now and then. I hope that happens soon as I did some planting a couple of weeks ago. That’s it for now. Have a great day.

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A COOL AIR MASS SWEEPS INTO THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION… TEMPERATURES SLOWLY MODERATE TOWARDS MID-WEEK… WITH THE DRY AIR IN PLACE, RAIN CHANCES REMAIN LOW

A cold front moved through Hampton Roads late on Saturday dropping our temperatures and humidity levels. Unfortunately, the front came through dry for most of us. Now, with the cool and dry air mass in place, the chance of rain will be virtually non-existent through Monday. A warm front will be approaching on Tuesday, but current indications are that it will not produce that much rain here locally. It might be premature, but I am becoming concerned about the weather pattern that we are in now and probably will be for quite some time. The storm track will be to our north and west and ridging will be occurring over the Southeast. This will most likely bring dry conditions to Hampton Roads.  However, we may see occassional chances of some wet weather over the next few weeks, but I don’t see any major rainmkers on the horizon. It amazes me how during the late fall and winter we saw more than enough rain and now when we need it the most, we don’t get any. With forecasters predicting a La Nina for later this summer, conditions could become very dry here by fall. Of course, this is just speculation, and no one really knows what is going to happen.

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A COLD FRONT RAPIDLY MOVES THROUGH THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES ON SATURDAY… TEMPERATURES WILL BE MUCH COOLER ON MOTHER’S DAY… WE COULD USE SOME RAIN BUT MOTHER NATURE WON’T COOPERATE THIS WEEKEND

A cold front will move through the region this afternoon bringing much cooler temperatures to Hampton Roads starting tomorrow and lasting through mid-week. Winds will be an issue today (Saturday) as gusts could reach 40 MPH, which is quite strong for early May. The culprit is a low pressure area that will be moving by to our north this weekend. What about rain chances with the cold front? Conditions won’t be that favorable for significant widespread rainfall. The highest chances will be over SE VA and NE NC, but even there, the chance really isn’t that high. That’s unfortunate since we could really use the rain. So many folks have planted new bushes, trees, grass, etc over the past few weeks that need a good watering. Sunday will be much cooler and still breezy. Sunshine will be abundant, though. The next chance of rain won’t come until later Tuesday night at the earliest and right now, it’s not a significant chance. As we move through spring, average humidity levels will rise and with that will come a higher chance of showers and thunderstorms. In the meantime, I would water whatever new plants/trees that you have planted this spring. When it comes to rainfall, the feast or famine  nature of weather amazes me. Remember how much rain we had during the fall and winter months? And look at the flooding in Nashville, TN caused by over a foot of rain. and, we can’t even muster up a quarter of an inch lately. I’ll have an update Sunday morning.

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